Welcome to the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology

Physiology is the study of how biological systems perform their functions to maintain the steady-state internal environment of living organisms. We can study these processes at the genetic, cellular, organ system or whole-animal level. Our departmental name reflects the increasing application of molecular biology techniques in the understanding of physiological function. Understanding the basic concepts of physiological control of organ systems in the human body is key to identifying regulatory processes during organ dysfunction and disease states which, in turn, may elucidate a novel approach in therapeutic intervention.

   

The Application Cycle for Submitting

Graduate Program Applications

for the 2021 / 22 Academic Year is closed.

Watch for information for 2022/23 cycle soon.

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CONTACT US

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Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology
LSU Health Shreveport
Physical Address:
1501 Kings Highway
Shreveport, LA 71103
 

Mailing Address:
PO Box 33932
Shreveport, LA 71130-3932
Phone:  (318) 675-6011

   

Latest Department News

LSUHS Researchers Lead Identification of New Biomarker for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD)

The rise in the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is becoming a national health crisis, identifying and treating its underlying causes is a critical health challenge. A team of scientists and clinicians at LSUHS had their groundbreaking findings published in the prestigious “Alzheimer’s & Dementia, The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association”. 

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Los Angeles Times - Scientists have found that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is capable of infecting two types of brain cells — neurons and astrocytes. Scientists have been trying to understand why and how it causes these issues in the brain, said study leader Diana Cruz-Topete, a molecular endocrinologist at LSU Health Shreveport.

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New Faculty Spotlight - Dr. Changwon Park

Associate Professor, Dr. Changwon Park is a new addition to the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology. The major effort of his lab is to decipher the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms as to the successful generation of the cardiovascular constituents, namely endothelial, endocardium, cardiomyocytes, and hematopoietic cells that share the multipotent cardiovascular progenitors, FLK1 (also known as VEGFR2) expressing cells.

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Molecular and Cellular Physiology

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Molecular and Cellular Physiology

Students working in the lab.

Molecular and Cellular Physiology